HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Proverbs 31:24

She maketh fine linen and selleth it, and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

This capable, industrious woman was very enterprising and she operated an amazing home business.  She wove fine linen garments, a process which has already been discussed (see under verse 13).  Linen garments are mentioned in Judges 14:12-13.  Thirty sheets or thirty linen garments were to be the payment to Samson if the Philistines could not figure out his riddle.  Linen garments are also mentioned as having been worn by the sinful daughters of Zion in Isaiah 3:23.

She also manufactured girdles or belts (richly adorned belts?) or sashes which had value on the trade market.  This word “belt” is used in 2 Samuel 20:8 to describe Joab’s belt which held a sword. The term “girdle” as used in the Bible refers to an article of dress encircling the body, usually at the waist.

She may have enlisted some of her children to help her in this business.  She delivered these goods to the merchants or traders.  These were Phoenician traders, according to the meaning of the Hebrew word.  Phoenicians were known for their trade and commerce and their skill as a seafaring people. Phoenicia’s two major ports were Tyre and Sidon.

The virtuous woman provided a source of income for her family through her business. “When other women impoverish their husbands by buying, she enriches her husband by selling those valuable commodities for which there is a constant demand” (George Lawson, Commentary on Proverbs, page 567).  “It is only modern pride and laziness which has introduced the idea that it is inconsistent with the dignity of a fine lady to make a profit of her own manufactures.  This virtuous woman, although her husband sits among the elders, does not think it a discredit, but an honour to herself, to make fine linen and girdles for sale, and the wise will praise her on account of it” (George Lawson, p. 576).

Author: Godfrey Gregg